Chantel Giacalone’s household was awarded the $29.5 million sum Friday when a jury discovered that the responding ambulance service negligently handled her in 2013, the Las Vegas Assessment-Journal reported.
“At the least my daughter will probably be taken care of. I’m comfortable about that,” her father, Jack Giacalone, stated after the decision was learn.
On Feb. 20, 2013, then-27-year-old Giacalone was modeling garments at a style commerce present on the Mandalay Bay South Conference Middle when her buddy purchased her frozen yogurt and put a bite-size pretzel on prime.
Giacalone, an aspiring actress, went into anaphylactic shock after taking a chew.
Her lawyer, Christian Morris, stated she misplaced oxygen to her mind for a interval of minutes after searching for therapy from MedicWest Ambulance, which was operating the medic station that day.
Through the three-week civil trial, Morris argued that neither of the 2 medics on-site that day had IV epinephrine, an adrenaline therapy for extreme allergic reactions required by the Southern Nevada Well being District.
The medics solely had intramuscular epinephrine of their baggage, which they used on Giacalone — however IVs are required when a affected person goes into full anaphylaxis.
“Each minute of Chantel’s life has been inextricably altered,” Morris stated in courtroom. “Each single minute since she walked into that medic room to an organization that selected income over affected person care.”
MedicWest denied any wrongdoing and stated the end result was inevitable due to Giacalone’s heightened sensitivity to peanuts.
However, her dad stated, “The reality got here out. As a result of what occurred in that room was nothing. They let my daughter linger.”
“All of the anguish that we’ve been via for the final eight years, I’m not comfortable about,” Jack Giacalone stated. “I simply hope MedicWest adjustments their methods.”
On the time of the incident, Chantel had been launching her performing profession, with roles within the 2009 thriller “The Butterfly Impact 3: Revelations” and the online collection “Hole Partitions.”
Now 35, she is quadriplegic, must be fed via a tube and may solely talk along with her eyes, in response to the Assessment-Journal.
Her mother and father present Chantel with 24-hour care. They stated the cash from the lawsuit will probably be invested in her future care and a brand new dwelling that’s extra conducive to her wants.